Twenty-nine Michigan State Police Troopers, 27 men and two women, have or will receive official notice by letter this week. Certified letters went out Monday.
The Troopers with the least seniority will be leaving. Their last day on the job will be April 7.
It, along with other cost cutting measures, is an effort to fix the MSPs nearly $14 million budget deficit. The layoffs account for about $2.3 million of it. A 50 member recruit school scheduled to begin in August has been canceled as well.
It's only the second time in State Police history there's been layoffs. The first was in 1980.
The Vice President of the Michigan State Police Troopers Association and the Director of the State Police say they're hopeful a compromise can be worked out in the state budget negotiating process to keep the Troopers working.